1969 R69S BMW Motorcycle R50/2 makes a great daily rider

1969 BMW R-Series

BMW R-Series 1969 technical specifications

Item location: Troy, Michigan, United States
Make: BMW
Model: R-Series
SubModel: R69S R50/2
Type: Touring
Year: 1969
Mileage: 59,961
Color: Black
Engine size: 600
Vehicle Title: Clear
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I believe I’m the third owner of this motorcycle. I purchased it in 2003 and the previous owner said he bought it from the original owner in 1987. The second owner had it for a few years when he ran it with insufficient oil and seized up the engine. His mechanic at the time had the engine and drivetrain from a R69S which he installed into this R50 frame. He said that the motorcycle had about 37000 miles on it at the time of the engine swap and that the R69S engine came out of a bike with just over 12000 miles. That would make the total mileage on the engine at approx. 35000. Michigan titles motorcycles based on the frame information so it is titled as an R50 (and it’s a clear Michigan title.) I had a blood clot in my leg a few years back and my kick-starting days were over for a while. My nephew has been more than happy to stop by periodically start it and run it around a bit. Well I’ve had another blood clot and I think my riding days are over so it’s time to sell. As a marriage of parts this bike is not a prime collection machine but as these get more scarce it’s the perfect bike for daily riding. At this point the bike has not been prepped for this years riding season. I’ll be critical here in assessing what it needs. It has not been ridden yet this spring because the rear tire will have to be replaced (and I’d probably replace the front one as well because of age). The battery is the incorrect one barely holds a charge and should be replaced. I would clean the carbs lubricate the cables change the oil and the footpegs and hand grips are hardening and should eventually be replaced. The flasher on the handlebar mounted turn signals isn’t working (though the signals do) and the tail lights on the saddle bags aren’t connected. The mufflers are perfectly serviceable but are not BMW mufflers. A small dent in the top center of the front fender - does not interfere with the tire. It has crash bars tho I’m not sure if they’re original BMW or not. The saddle bags rear luggage rack and Denfield double seat are all original to the bike. All paint on the bike is original and the bike has never been restored. It has the typical wear evident on an unrestored bike. It does have an aftermarket Wixom front fairing (which apparently was white and painted black – the paint is flaking along the lower edge) and a couple yellow lights mounted at the front fork I’m sure were late additions. I haven’t added or subtracted anything from the bike. I’m unable to crate or arrange shipping for the bike but I’ll cooperate however I can with any transport company you contract to ship it. (I will be out of town from June 17 to 27 so it would have to be arranged before or after these dates.) A $500 non-refundable deposit is required via Paypal within 48 hours of the end of the auction and full payment must be made by cashiers check within 7 days of the end of the auction and cleared before the bike will be released. This bike has always been a first or second kick start and it never fails to attract attention wherever I’ve gone. If you have a R69 that’s fully restored so that you’re guilty about riding it or have always wanted a R69 because of the sheer thrill of riding one this is the perfect rider for you. Please request any additional photos you might need.

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